Zimbabweans who received the first dose of the COVAXIN vaccine in May, an Indian manufactured vaccine, are struggling to get their second shots.
HealthTimes has established that the majority of the people who received the COVAXIN vaccine have been moving from one health institution to another in search of the elusive jab.
Health workers especially nurses administering vaccines were turning people away saying that they had received instructions not to mix vaccines or to give Sinopharm or Sinovac as second doses.
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A disgruntled citizen who commented anonymously said they had to pay US$10 at Health Point in order to get Sinovac as a second jab. He said:
I went to Mt Pleasant satellite and they indicated that they have no COVAXIN in stock and they would not give me another vaccine type as a second jab.
It is a different story every day from we don’t have staff to we don’t have vaccines. I went to Avondale and Borrowdale as well and it was the same story.
I had not received my second dose since June 30. I went to Parirenyatwa and they also indicated that they don’t have COVAXIN and refused to inoculate me with a different vaccine.
I went to several hospitals and they refused so I ended up going to Health Point where I paid US$10 to get Sinovac as a second jab.
Zimbabwe has to date received 35 000 doses of the COVAXIN from the 75 000 doses that were pledged by the government of India at the beginning of the National vaccination program.
The country is yet to receive the remaining 40 000 doses five months later.